The Paralegal Technology curriculum prepares individuals to work under the supervision of attorneys by performing routine legal tasks and assisting with substantive legal work. A paralegal/legal assistant may not practice law, give legal advice, or represent clients in a court of law.
Course work includes substantive and procedural legal knowledge in the areas of civil litigation, legal research and writing, real estate, family law, wills, estates, trusts, and commercial law. Required courses also include subjects such as English, mathematics, and computer utilization.
Graduates are trained to assist attorneys in probate work, investigations, public records search, drafting and filing legal documents, research, and office management. Employment opportunities are available in private law firms, governmental agencies, banks, insurance agencies, and other business organizations.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Define basic civil, civil injuries, criminal, domestic, and business law concepts, as well as an understanding of the role of the paralegal in our legal system.
- Perform basic research of defined legal questions by traditional and electronic means and properly cite legal authorities.
- Describe legal ethics and use of the NC rules of Professional Conduct.
- Describe the court system and the litigation process and assist an attorney in the preparation and filing of legal documents.